Chicago

Accommodation:

  • Holiday Inn Express

Transport:

  • Chicago’s streets are organised on a grid system, with Madison Street dividing the city north and south, with State Street dividing it east and west
  • The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates Chicago’s eight ‘L’ train lines and 129 bus routes. Two lines operate 24/7: the Blue Line, which connects Chicago O’Hare International Airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with services between the North and South Sides via downtown
  • You can pay cash for single trip bus rides or purchase a reloadable Ventra Transit Card or Unlimited Ride Pass for both travel by ‘L’ train and bus
  • The high-speed Metra commuter rail train connects outlying suburbs to downtown Chicago, and is a fast way to travel to city’s centre. Regular one-way fares to downtown Chicago range from $4 from the closest zone, Zone A, to $9.50 from the farthest, Zone J
  • Chicago Water Taxi by Wendella Boats and Shoreline Water Taxi by Shoreline Sightseeing offer fast connections between Chicago’s top tourist destinations

Things to see:

  • Millennium Park and Cloud Gate
  • Navy Pier
  • Green Park
  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Skydeck Chicago
  • North Avenue Beach
  • Lake Michigan

Tips:

  • 360 Chicago observation deck/platform, which is located 1,000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile in the iconic John Hancock Building, offers amazing views of the city. The observation deck is open daily from 9.00am-11.00pm, with last entry at 10.30pm. An adult ticket costs $22 and child costs $15

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